As I write this, I’m enjoying my first ice-cold glass of sun tea of 2011. Delicious.
What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question.
1. Student loan consolidation question
2. Tabletop or electronic games?
3. Retirement worries
4. Groceries and kids
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The art of interviewing is just that—an art. Writers can spend an ungodly amount of time conducting interviews, which in turn costs them money. Here are some tips you can implement to make the process smoother, faster, and even more enjoyable.
In our modern Western world, we are all striving to be more productive – to do more, to produce more, to create more. Very often we don't even know why we want that – we are conditioned to feel that we should push harder and we don't question it.
We’ve all heard it. “Be positive” they say. “Focus on the good in life” they explain.
“Think, you could be in a much worse situation so you should be thankful for what you have” they command. Well, screw that. I say, forget being positive…being negative has its own virtues.
Honestly, I’m not some weirdo who’s all depressed all the time.
Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day.
This Wednesday: 8 reasons why using Twitter can boost your happiness.
I’m a huge fan of Twitter, and I've tried to persuade several people to give it a try. (My greatest triumph: convincing my sister to use it.
When I first started writing The Simple Dollar, I was a big proponent of financial publications like Money Magazine, Kiplinger’s, SmartMoney, and so on. I read them. I referenced them in posts. I even suggested that people subscribe to them.
For a long time, though, I’ve scarcely mentioned them.
Materials: Ikea JEFF Folding Chair, Non-Woven Recycle Bag, 1 foot square pillow (Optional), Duck Tape, Steel Wire
Description: I was happy to own a Ikea JEFF chair since I bought it few year back, until the day during a visit of a close friend, after long hours of chatting, my friend did a stretch of body and the back of the chair broken into 2 pieces.
For me, last year was The Year of Fitness. I spent all of 2010 focused on losing weight, building muscle, and generally improving my overall health. I had great success. And since the end of the year, I’ve managed to maintain my fitness with very little effort.
“It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” - Old Chinese proverb
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Scott McIntyre of Vivid Ways.
Think big. Live to the max. Change the world.
All worthwhile aims, I’m sure you’ll agree.
All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!
This week’s unitasker came from my husband who thinks it is hysterical.
Celebrity minimalist: Vincent KartheiserActor Vincent Kartheiser plays the loathsome Pete Campbell on the hit television show Mad Men, and he does it extremely well. (In fact, he does it so well, I can’t watch the show because I truly disdain his character.) In addition to being a great actor, he also appears to be in the running for the most extreme minimalist celebrity in Hollywood.
When you are focused on a problem, issue or task, it stays in the conscious part of you brain. However, there are some problems that you are unlikely to solve until the problem gets the attention of your unconscious mind. How do you let your unconscious mind take a look at your current enigma? You have to take a break.
Mentally demanding work requires taking breakw to stay efficient.